The most visited tourist attractions sought after by tourists who want to do a Bucharest City Tour in under 6 hours, are:
1. The Palace of Parliament or People’s House
2. The Bucharest National Village Museum
3. Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue), Bucharest
4. Revolution Square, Bucharest
5. The Bucharest Old City Centre
You can enjoy all of these on our 4-hour private tour, so that you will have great stories to tell your friends and loved ones who did not get the chance to see these beautiful places in person, some of them even worthy of a spot in the Guinness World Records.
1. Bucharest City Tour – The Palace of Parliament or People’s House
In Bucharest City Tour at the Palace of Parliament or People’s House – you will learn how dangerous and damaging a totalitarian regime like communism can be for a nation. You will feel small seeing what pointless opulence and megalomania “the sleep of reason” can create.
Imagine you have the chance to see the second largest administrative building on the planet, after the Pentagon, and that it will be an experience you will be able to share with your grandchildren.
See the story of the People’s House
2. Bucharest City Tour – The Bucharest National Village Museum
In Bucharest City Tour you will visit The National Village Museum – in one place, you will see an embodiment of Romanian traditions and you will learn what it meant for Romanian villagers to have built an ecological and sustainable environment in their backyard. You will also get a glimpse of their simple and modest lifestyle, in social and spiritual harmony with their surroundings.
Book a private guide in Bucharest and you will enter the universe of the traditional Romanian houses, large or small, made of wood and adobe, but also stone and other materials, from all areas of the country. You will also see national symbols such as the mill or the wooden church and you will learn how these treasures of spirituality and civilization have kept us united for thousands of years, without needing to invade other nations.
See the story of the National Village Museum
3. Bucharest City Tour-Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue)
On Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) – with your private guide you will be fascinated by the contradictions of history: on one side, you have the Royal Palace and on the other, the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the Revolution Square, where Ceausescu fled the country by helicopter.
You will see old orthodox churches, enveloped in an aura of mystery, a music store, where you can find a large selection of music, as well as casinos, bohemian restaurants, museums, theatres, tea shops, retail stores and gift shops, where you can purchase souvenirs, and even the National History Museum and the Romanian Athenaeum, another Romanian architectural landmark, the CEC Palace and many others.
See the story of the Romanian Atheneum
4. Bucharest City Tour- Revolution Square
Revolution Square, Bucharest
In this private tour about the communism you can be transported back in time to the moment where the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted, leaving behind the secrets of a great fortune and controversies about the state security service and his offshore accounts.
As we mentioned earlier, when we reach the Senate Palace, you will see the building which used to house the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and the place where the Revolution of December 1989 started – a major historical event whereby, through human force and sacrifice, Ceausescu was removed from power.
5. Bucharest City Tour- Old City Centre
In the next location, your private guide from Nicolas Experience Tours, you will have the chance to relive the olden days through a blend of mystery and contrasts on the streets of the Historical City Centre, starting with Hanul lui Manuc, an immense fortified inn which served as a cultural and economic center back in the day. It was built around 1806 by Manuc Bei, one of the wealthiest landowners in the Balkans, and it was where merchants passing through Bucharest would get together, as just a part of the colorful crowd that populated the historical inn.
In this historical and cosmopolitan area, you will also find, in addition to the most popular restaurants in Bucharest, museums, old and spectacular churches, and an experiential library, where you can purchase books, music and other souvenirs that will make for an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones.
See other tourist attractions in the Bucharest Old City Centre
We do not want to let you in on all the “curiosities” and idiosyncrasies, because we want you to discover them yourself along with other aspects of Bucharest that words or pictures cannot do justice to. Book right now a private guide and start planning your next private trip to Europe.
Just picture this – in a one-day private trip to Bucharest, through a short 4-hour private tour, you will be able to capture the essence of the culture and lifestyle of the Romanian people, which for thousands of years have been known for their hospitality and friendliness, as well as for their varied and delicious cuisine.
The Price Does Include
- Private car (Turism or Minibus) only for you and your friends/family
- Great flexibility regarding changes to the daily itinerary even after the start of the tour
- A private, licensed English, Italian and French speaking guide/driver, available throughout the tour
- Private transportation in air conditioned car
- Complimentary wireless internet access in the car, so that you can stay in touch with your loved ones even while traveling
- All car expenses, such as gasoline, parking and road tolls
- All taxes
The Price Does Not Include
- Photo fees (some sights require the payment of a fee for allowing you to take pictures – they are mostly inexpensive, around 2 or 3 euro/sight)
- Meals and beverages other than those ofered before you agree the tour or trip
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Gratuities for your guide
Frequently Asked Questions
The questions below are in most cases extracted from our correspondence with our clients. Have a look, maybe the question forming in your mind right now has been answered already, and you haven’t even had a chance to ask it!
Where do the tours start?
Our tours start in either Sofia (Bulgaria) or Bucharest (Romania). Both cities have well-connected international airports. However, we can also customise the tours to start in a different city, if that better suits your flight arrangements. Alternative airports include Varna or Burgas (in Bulgaria) or Sibiu, Cluj Napoca, Iasi and Targu Mures (in Romania).
What are the departure dates?
We do not have set departure dates. All our tours are private and organised on request. The dates when you start and end the tour are entirely up to you.
I like one of the tours, but I’d like to make some changes to the itinerary. Is it possible?
Of course. All our tours are customisable. We can make changes to one itinerary, join 2 itineraries together, or you can just tell us about the places you want to see, and we’ll make a whole new itinerary just for you! Customising a tour comes at no extra charge.
I would like to change some of the hotels that come with the tour. Can I do that?
Definitely. The hotels are always up to you. We can upgrade the standard selection of hotels, or if you are on a budget, we can also offer cheaper accommodation options.
I see that in most cases, only breakfast is included. Why is that?
Having meals included means that you would have to be at a certain restaurant at a certain time just so that you don’t miss a pre-booked meal. This takes away from one of the great advantages of a private tour: flexibility. Not having a restaurant pre-booked gives you great freedom to set your own pace each day, add or skip some sights as you go, etc.
To ensure maximum flexibility throughout your trip, meals are usually planned as you go. Your guide knows the best restaurants in each area you travel through and will make suggestions based on the kind of meal you’d like to have.
The meals we include are the ones that come with an important cultural element: home-cooked meals where you can interact with locals, lunches at homes of artists where you learn more about a specific form of art, or refreshments such as the ones offered during the home visit with the Gypsy family.
Do your tours include any insurance related services?
No. We recommend to all of our clients to carry a medical insurance that would cover any health-related costs that might incur while on the trip. Insurance for trip interruption and lost/stolen luggage is also recommended.
Do I have to pay for the guide’s meals?
No. The guide will have a meal allowance, which will cover his meals. Furthermore, the guide will only join you for meals if you ask him to – if you’d rather be on your own for lunch and/or dinner, that is perfectly fine.
How about changes of itinerary on the fly? Can we do that?
Changes on the fly can be done to a certain extent. You can always choose to skip a meal or a sight, or swap for a totally different sight altogether. Alterations of itinerary that imply hotel changes are subject to rooms availability. Also, please note that in the case of last minute hotel cancellations, sometimes the hotel may charge late-cancellation penalties which can be up to 100% of the reservation cost. Additional costs generated by on-the-fly changes will be billed separately.